Vfndmedufdheuihy! This week the dundee student site mydundee had been updated!

There was a lot of information to take in, welcome messages, pre-arrival and matriculation instructions, recommended textbooks, and some lecture and course dates.  I’ve been on the site every evening to become familiar with the sections.  Some I will need to be checking every day, such as email and the lecture schedule for phase 1 medicine.

At first I’ll admit I felt a bit overwhelmed, I was unsure whether I would be able to take in all the important information and worried that I would forget something vital. I telephoned the admissions office just to be certain about what I needed to do to matriculate.  However, after some time spent browsing the site I feel much more confident with the website.  I’m glad that we have been given the time before term starts to do this.  We also have an IT induction during freshers’ week which I am looking forward to attending.

During my first degree I didn’t have access to the internet in my flat in the first few weeks. I did use the library computers but most days I spent getting to know my new flatmates.  This meant group trips to Tescos and watching series of 24 with icecream rather than library trips and I missed the induction sessions.

I’m fairly competent with computers, but because I didn’t attend I wasn’t aware of all of the resources that were available.  For example, endnote is an extremely useful referencing software.  If I had taken advantage of it not only would I been able to reference with the click of a button, but would have also had the benefit of an automatic bibliography.  Luckily I found out about it before my dissertation, but I don’t like to think about the mistakes made and time I wasted doing everything manually.

My biggest tip for surviving university – endnote, (or at least for surviving essays)!

There are other resources available, lots of apps for smart phones and tablets that will save time and money at university.  Some are course specific, Medscape is widely recommended for medical students (or prospective med students), and others like evernote can be useful for any subject.  I’ve just paid for a brainstorming software called mindgenius.  It will be useful for revision and I know it is worth the investment for me because I’m a very visual learner, but there are lots of trials available and other alternatives if you want to try something.  There are also excellent and, more importantly, free podcasts and video lectures.  I enjoy watching the clinical anatomy series from Stanford University and listening to the bmj podcasts when travelling to work.



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